SwimBC's fourth Regional Age Group Camp of the season took place this past weekend at the Crystal Pool in Victoria, as just under 30 swimmers from across Vancouver Island came together to learn and to work on continuing to develop themselves as athletes.
Joining us for the camp was former World Record holder and three-time Olympian, Brian Johns, who spoke to the swimmers about his path to success, from being a very good age group swimmer and then progressing to setting a world record, then dealing with a number of setbacks that saw him be unable to post a best time for almost four years. It was interesting heaing from him (as we've heard from other swimmers we've had speak at our camps) that it was the bronze medal he won at the 2007 World Championships, after having dealt with some serious injuries, and not the world record, as the accomplishment from his swimming career that he was most proud of.
We were also pleased to have Eric Hedlin and Alec Page from the High Performance Centre in Victoria come out to lead the activation protocol with the swimmers.
The content of the camp once again dealt with stroke progressions through all four of the strokes, always keeping in mind the "Big Ideas" of body position and balance; fish kicking off walls; anchoring at the start of the pull; pulling the body past that anchor point; and then recovery of the arms.
We were very pleased to have Mike Neill from Human Powered Racing come out to do a running clinic with the swimmers; Ashley Armstrong (Registered Dietician) and Danelle Kabush (Mental Performance Consultant), both of whom are practitioners with Canadian Sports Institute - Pacific in Victoria, similarly deliver seminars on how to maximize the benefits of one's training through nutrition and mental skills.
As with all of the Regional Age Group Camps, we did a timed 25m kick to assess the skill level of the swimmers on this skill, which is important across almost all of the pool events. Video of that is available below, while the times recorded by swimmers across all of our Regional Age Group camps is here.